When you spend valuable time perfecting your brows, it’s natural to want them to look their best all day. The thing is, you can’t always control your environment—and if you’re caught off guard, surprise rainstorms or unexpected humidity can ruin your handiwork (as can planned outings, like sweaty workouts or jaunts to the pool or beach). That’s why we recommend waterproofing your eyebrows. Using long-lasting and waterproof eyebrow makeup—whether that be pencils, pens, gels, or a combination of the three—can help ensure that your arches keep their shape no matter what the day throws at you. Ahead, we’ll teach a four-step routine for sweat-proofing and waterproofing your eyebrows. Plus, we’ll introduce you to our favorite waterproof eyebrow gel, The Brow Glue Instant Brow Styler. Keep reading for all the details.
How Can I Waterproof My Eyebrows?
The best way to get waterproof brows is by using waterproof brow products, like waterproof pencils, pens, or brow mascaras. If all your brow products aren’t waterproof, that’s okay, though. You can do your brows as usual and simply finish your look with a coat (or two) of The Brow Glue Instant Brow Styler. The long-wearing brow gel is waterproof, transfer-resistant, and provides up to 16 hours of hold without stickiness or flaking. There are four different tinted shades to choose from (which you can use alone or in conjunction with other brow products) as well as one universal transparent shade suitable for all hair colors.
4 Steps For Long-Lasting Brows
Step 1: Start With an Eyebrow Pencil or Pen
First, think about what shape and style you want your brows to be (for example, thin and arched, thick and fluffy, or something in between). Once you have your game plan set, you can start filling in sparse areas and adding depth to areas you’d like to define. We recommend doing this with a long-lasting brow pencil or pen—and luckily for you, we have several different options to choose from.
If you’re looking for something that can be used to emphasize and enhance your natural brow shape, we recommend reaching for our Micro Brow Pencil. It boasts a super-skinny tip ideal for creating thin, hair-like strokes, and the ultra-pigmented formula comes in 12 shades to complement a range of hair colors. You can use it to darken your existing brows, draw faux micro-hairs in areas that need a bit of added density, or create a more defined brow shape.
For those who want to get a lifted brow look, our Lift & Snatch Brow Tint Pen is a can’t-miss. The pen’s flexible brush tip allows you to draw thin or thick lines, enabling you to fill in your arches any way you want. Additionally, the tinted formula is smudge-resistant and transfer-resistant and offers up to 16 hours of wear.
Lastly, there’s the Fill & Fluff Eyebrow Pomade Pencil, which we love for creating full, bushy brow looks. On one end, you’ll find a matte brow pomade pencil with an angled tip for drawing precise hair-like strokes. On the other end is a miniature paddle brush for fluffing your brows and blending out the pencil. Find the shade that best matches your natural brows, then draw, fill, and blend until your arches are just as you want them.
Step 2: Shape and Tame Your Arches
Once your brows are filled in to your liking, you can get started on shaping them. The best way to do this is with a brow mascara, like our Thick It Stick It! Brow Gel. Made with plant-origin fibers, this vegan-formula brow gel tints, tames, and helps thicken your brows. The formula is buildable, too, so you can be as subtle—or bold—as you want. To use it, first find the shade that best matches your natural arches (there are eight to choose from). Then, uncap the gel and use the attached spoolie to brush through your brow hairs.
For a natural look, we suggest brushing in the direction of your natural brow pattern. If you want a more lifted, laminated look, you can instead brush your brows upward. One coat will provide a more subtle effect, while each subsequent coat will add more thickness and color.
Step 3: Brush Through With a Waterproof Eyebrow Gel
Next comes the hero of this routine: the transparent shade of our The Brow Glue Instant Brow Styler. Use the spoolie brush to apply the clear gel, brushing your brows in the same direction you did in step two. Let it dry, and if desired, add a second coat. This last waterproof layer will help shield your brows from the elements and help your look stay put.
Pro Tip: Setting spray isn’t just for face makeup—you can help boost the staying power of your brows with a few final spritzes. We have a bunch of different options to choose from, including oil-absorbing matte setting sprays, dewy-finish sprays, and more. If you need help figuring out which to use for your look, our article Why Setting Sprays Really Work can help you find your match.
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